On June 2nd, we welcomed people to the Burlington Community Boathouse for our annual fundraising and awards event, The Best of All Possible Worlds: Creating a State Where all Children Thrive.
We were welcomed by Annabelle Creech on the harp, brought to us by Young Tradition Vermont. Thank you Mark Sustic for this great picture of Annabelle!
Our guest speakers this year were Paul Cillo, Executive Director of Public Assets Institute, and Rev. Debbie Ingram, Executive Director of Vermont Interfaith Action. Paul and Debbie shared their analysis of the economic challenges we face as a state and what we can do to address these challenges together on behalf of kids and families.
We were wowed by Muslim Girls Making Change, a slam poetry group from Burlington, brought to us by the Young Writers Project. This group is the first to represent Vermont in over a decade in the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Festival.
We recognized Representatives Patsy French (not present), Jill Krowanski, and Kiah Morris, and Senator Phillip Baruth with the Vermont KIDS COUNT award for their tenacious focus on advancing policies like paid sick days and health care equity.
We honored Dr. Breena Holmes with the David Goldberg Child and Youth Advocacy award, for her unwavering dedication to children’s health and well-being.
We ended the night by watching Inyange, a Burundian women’s chorus and dance group based in Burlington.
Voices’ staff and Board of Directors warmly thank our guests and the following donors and foundations who have made significant donations to Voices for Vermont’s Children.
Kim Keiser, Vermont Director, Turrell Fund
Perry & Susan Hanson
Margaret & Bob O’Toole
Susan & Bob Titterton
Thank you Mary Claire Carroll for taking pictures!